A home away from home

Matt's El RanchoAll weekend long, Matt’s El Rancho was busy, busy, busy. The traditional restaurant day off in Austin is Monday, but for Matt’s it has always been Tuesday. So on Monday when it finally looked as though the crowd had tapered off a bit, it was still very busy and it seemed as though all the highchairs and booster seats were in use, but there was room for us. We hardly look at the menu, because we know what we want, and the items that remain favorites for some of us haven’t been on the menu for years. Some are still resident in the computerized ordering system. Some have been removed from the system but not from the memories of veteran waitstaff. Sometimes somebody in the kitchen must be consulted. But, if it has ever been offered at Matt’s, the faithful fan can still order it and still receive it. So, even though the glass case by the register no longer contains Travis Club cigars from San Antonio and even though some members of the older generation are no longer evident and even though there are now tacos al pastor on the menu, at Matt’s the rice is still Spanish and it still has plenty of comino, in the old Austin way. (Jerry Dorf vintage post card)

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